Phoenix Film Festival. Sounds kinda rinky-dink, right? Well, thats how the East Coast film snobs mustve reacted back in 1978 when the Utah Film Commission unveiled its Utah/United States Film Festival. From such barren seed sprang Sundance, and you dont hear much bleating from the cognoscenti these days. While our PFF wont ever be Sundance we think its developed into a sweet little showcase in its seven years of existence.
The eighth incarnation promises a full slate of celebrity drop-ins and cinematic delights, including the Arizona première of What We Do Is Secret, a punk biopic of The Germs star-crossed singer Darby Crash; Forbidden Kingdom, the much-anticipated debut pairing of martial arts superheroes Jackie Chan and Jet Li; and the first-person doc Skid Row by Pras Michel of the band The Fugees.